West Lancashire - Lancashire - England

West Lancashire Golf Club,
Hall Road West,
Blundellsands,
Liverpool,
L23 8SZ ,
England


  • +44 (0)151 924 1076


West Lancashire Golf Club is the oldest surviving golf club in Lancashire, although, strictly speaking, Blundellsands is now part of the borough of Merseyside. In 1901, Harold Hilton, one of the finest amateur golfers of all time, was the Secretary of West Lancashire Golf Club. That same year, he won the British Amateur Championship at St Andrews, beating J Low by one hole. Hilton was also the British Open champion in 1892 and 1897, a feat only surpassed by Bobby Jones, who won the British Open on three occasions, also as an amateur.

The club was founded in 1873. The course was originally designed by the hands of an unknown architect, but this is such a natural links that we suspect Mother Nature did most of the work. We do know that Ken Cotton and Fred Hawtree made significant revisions to the layout in the early 1960s.

Its esteemed Royal neighbours keep West Lancs out of the limelight but it is a truly classical links course, located on a charming stretch of prime links land. On a clear day, to the north, Blackpool Tower can be seen in the distance. To the southwest, there are panoramic views across the Crosby Channel to the Birkenhead peninsula and Liverpool Bay beyond.

James Finnegan, in his book All Courses Great and Small, articulately sums up the characteristics of West Lancs: “On the 355-yard 13th, we fire away from an elevated tee, the fairway curving left along a dune-framed valley to a green on a cunning low plateau. The next hole, 412 yards, also begins on a high tee in the sandhills, but this time the downhill drive is blind, over a ridge, and the fairway bends sweepingly right, around a thick stand of pines, finally disclosing a raised green tucked in the lee of a wooded hillside.”

The Guinness Book of Golf Facts and Feats tells the amazing story of Peter Richard Parkinson who, on 6th June 1972, at West Lancs, performed the British Isles’ longest hole in one. It was on the 7th hole, and clearly it was a mistake because the 7th is called “Folly”, a 393-yard par four. Either way, it was one hell of a biff!

Stuart King commented on James Finnegan’s description as follows: “I have been a member at West Lancashire for over 40 years and never seen the 14th tee that is reported as being in the sandhills!”

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Description: Its esteemed Royal neighbours keep West Lancashire Golf Club out of the limelight but it is a truly classical links course, located on a charming stretch of prime links land. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 40
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kevin charman
Played West Lancs over the weekend and was mightly impressed. I visited Southport earlier in the year (and played Royal Birkdale, Hillside and Hesketh) and West Lancs is well within that bracket. As a complete 18 it just shades Hillside (which has a stunnning back 9 but an average front 9), with West Lancs having no poor holes. Visually appealing, with many elevated tees and every hole carved out through the dunes and humps of linksland, there is a wonderfully clear definition to every hole. In that respect it is similar to the great Royal Birkdale. The four par threes in particular are set beautifully and as good as a collection as you will see on any course. The condition of the course was first class and the clubhouse facilities, warm welcome and superb first floor spike bar made for a memorable day; if you visit the area West Lancs should be on your short list.
October 15, 2011
8 / 10
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john waite
Just returned home after playing two rounds over West Lancashire. A true test of golf, played in a' testing wind'as one member described it. Played from the white tees, you have to be at your best from the tee to find the fairway and avoid the many bunkers and punishing rough. I have played Birkdale, S&A, Hillside, Hesketh and Royal Liverpool. But West Lancs is the best of them all. Slick greens, Good bunkering and variations in direction make for a great test of your golfing skills. A must for any serious golfer
October 03, 2011
10 / 10
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Max Monroe
Awesome golf course, not so much is the clubhouse. The course as good a Links as you will find, not sure why it is getting no respect in the rankings. As far as I can remember every hole requires the best of shots and skill, I believe almost every hole is in the sand dunes, when I played here I thought of the course as a poor mans Birkdale. Too many excellent holes here not to be rated a lot higher. A must play with any golf trips to the area.
July 23, 2011
10 / 10
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Keith Baxter

Played West Lancashire a couple of weeks ago on a benign but rather damp day. Having played all the other links courses on the Lancs coast from St Annes Old Links in the north to Formby in the south, it was exciting to play West Lancs (the most southerly links course on this amazing stretch of coastline). If I lived in this part of the world, West Lancs is probably the club where I’d most like to be a member. The other clubs may have better courses e.g. Formby, Hillside and S&A but non seem as friendly overall as West Lancs. Despite being a little rough around the edges, West Lancs reminded me of a bit of Donegal (Murvagh) and had a striking similarity to Western Gailes. WL has a cracking set of par threes, some excellent putting surfaces and friendly routing that takes you back to the clubhouse after nine holes… highly unusual for an old-fashioned links. I’d put WL on any itinerary when planning a trip to this part of England. Take time to savour the panoramic views from the clubhouse balcony where you can watch the ships sail by on Liverpool Bay… a thoroughly enjoyable experience but don't expect an easy ride as this course is more than 7,000 yards from the back tees.

October 04, 2010
7 / 10
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Russell Lambert
Played in an open in Aug 09. Had heard about an ugly club house but we went to a refurbished bit upstairs and it stunning, with a great view out over the course and the sea. Played the first 4 holes into the teeth of a very strong wind and it was brutal. Must have lost 10 balls between our team on that stretch. Turn inland at the 5th and it got a bit easier, actually played the last 14 in 4 over, but any chance of a good score was already gone.Not a course full of memorable holes, 13th was the stand out, but you'd struggle to find any that are less than good.
May 09, 2010
8 / 10
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Antony Eden

A good course but not a great one. No inspirational holes and a very unkept look and feel to the place. This is of course to be expected for a links track but some refinement wouldn't go a miss. Doesn't compare to Birkdale, Southport & Ainsdale and Hillside, but not many do.

September 27, 2009
4 / 10
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Gary Wilde
September 28, 2009
Couldn't disagree more with this review. Played W Lancs in August and thoroughly enjoyed having played several top links courses. W Lancs was one of the best, very clever design that made you think on every hole even though there was little wind that day. The pro allowed us to play off the white tees and we had to wait for him opening up at 8 am to play. He trusted us enough to come back and pay after the round as the till was booting up. All in all W lancs was a great experience.
Hugh
April 16, 2010
You say West Lancs is a good course but you didn't give it a "good course" rating e.g. 4 balls. You gave it 3 balls which is average. Why was that?
Roberta Upton
March 29, 2012
I was a junior member at West Lancs and it is an awesome course. The Open qualifiers always say it is the hardest course to qualify on. Its varied holes and wind directions make it a real test of golf and should be a must for anyone visiting the area or Southport,
Paul
Absoulutely love West Lancs. Up there in my top 5 links courses. Some great holes and lots of definition to the course. Played it twice and been very impressed both times.
September 25, 2009
10 / 10
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Pete Sanderson
what a wonderful course and tough challenge especially in the wind!wow!come and play here its worth it but pick a nice day or it will kick your butt!
August 12, 2009
8 / 10
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John Patterson
Played in the Senior Open yesterday and really enjoyed this true links. Fabulous greens and plenty of variety in the shape of the holes. Clubhouse has been recently refurbished and is very comfortable. Highly recommended.
July 22, 2009
8 / 10
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DAVID TITCHMARSH
Played here on Tuesday this week. What an absolute star of a course. Everything was excellent,the greens and the general presentation of the course could not be faulted. Anyone who visits West Lancs is in for an excellent days golf. I would recommend this course to any links lover. Thank you for restoring our confidence after playing Hesketh the day before. West Lancs we will return!!
June 11, 2009
10 / 10
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